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Earth's Magnetic Field Measured Using Artificial Stars At 90 Kilometers Altitude
Earth's Magnetic Field Measured Using Artificial Stars At 90 Kilometers Altitude

The mesosphere, at heights between 85 and 100 kilometers above the Earth's surface, contains a layer of atomic sodium. Astronomers use laser beams to create artificial stars, or laser guide stars (LGS), in this layer for improving the quality of astronomical observations.

  • Metamaterial With Inherently Robust Sound Transport
    Metamaterial With Inherently Robust Sound Transport

    Researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York and at the City College of New York (CCNY) have developed a metamaterial that can transport sound in unusually robust ways along its edges and localize it at its corners.

  • Ultra-Sensitive Sensor With Gold Nanoparticle Array
    Ultra-Sensitive Sensor With Gold Nanoparticle Array

    The sensor is made up of a series of gold disk-shaped nanoparticles on a glass slide. The team at Bath discovered that when they shone an infra-red laser at a precise arrangement of the particles, they started to emit unusual amounts of ultra violet (UV) light.

  • Illuminating Nanoparticle Growth With X-Rays
    Illuminating Nanoparticle Growth With X-Rays

    Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising technology for producing clean and renewable energy, but the cost and activity of their cathode materials is a major challenge for commercialization. Many fuel cells require expensive platinum-based catalysts—substances that initiate and speed up chemical reactions—to help convert renewable fuels into electrical energy.

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Production Ready 3D Optical Profiler: ZeGage™ Pro
Production Ready 3D Optical Profiler: ZeGage™ Pro The ZeGage™ Pro and ZeGage™ Pro HR are scanning white light interferometers that provide 3D optical surface profiling for the measurement of precision surfaces that require non-contact metrology. The base ZeGage™ Pro model delivers surface mapping at the nanometer scale, meeting the needs for most industrial surfaces. For smoother samples with a much finer surface finish, the ZeGage™ Pro HR offers more than 20X higher...  Continue Reading...
Ultraviolet LED With Narrow Spectral Output: OD-265-001
Ultraviolet LED With Narrow Spectral Output: OD-265-001 Opto Diode’s OD-265-001 is the first model in a series of ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (UVLEDs) designed for robust and long-life use. With features including a power output of 0.53 mW (minimum) and 0.68 mW (typical), with peak emission wavelengths at 260 nm (minimum), 265 nm (typical) and 270 nm (maximum), these devices are especially suitable for disinfection applications.  Continue Reading...
High-Speed, 9 mm² Circular Photodiode For Electron Detection: AXUV63HS1
High-Speed, 9 mm² Circular Photodiode For Electron Detection: AXUV63HS1 Opto Diode introduces the AXUV63HS1 as part of their family of AXUV detectors featuring high-performance measurement of electrons, photons, or X-rays. This high-speed photodetector is designed with a circular active area of 9 mm diameter and is ideally suited for electron detection.  Continue Reading...
Machine Vision Camera With USB3 Vision: Firefly®
Machine Vision Camera With USB3 Vision: Firefly® FLIR’s Firefly® camera is designed to combine machine vision features with the power of deep learning inference on-camera. With its integrated Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) users can deploy a trained neural network directly onto the camera and achieve inference on the edge. Its small size and low power are ideal for portable devices, and it provides excellent imaging with the latest global...  Continue Reading...
High-Performance Machine Vision Camera: Blackfly S Series
High-Performance Machine Vision Camera: Blackfly S Series FLIR’s Blackfly S cameras are compact, machine vision cameras designed to produce exact images for acceleration of application development. With features for both automatic and manual control over image capture and on-camera pre-processing, these cameras offer support for a wide range of operating systems and hosts system hardware architectures.  Continue Reading...
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    Automotive journalist, Alex Roy, talks about thermal cameras in autonomous driving with Stuart Klapper from Veoneer and Paul Clayton from FLIR Systems.

  • Low Power Measurements: Best Practices
    Low Power Measurements: Best Practices

    Measuring very low power beams of light can be tricky; even small values of noise, drift or offset can have major impact on your readings. In this video, we’ll look at some best practices that can help you get the best performance from your very low power measurements.

  • How To Choose Your NanoScan
    How To Choose Your NanoScan

    Scanning slit profilers can make very accurate measurements of beam diameters as small as 5 microns, while cameras are limited to beams greater than 45 microns. This makes applications for focusing lasers or building optical systems much easier with a NanoScan. This video explains how to choose the right NanoScan for your application.

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    This video introduces First Sensor’s core competencies available from design concept to production.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Specifying Surface Figure And Wavefront Distortion For Multi-layer Optical Filters

    Optical filters are used in many applications and the surface figure and wavefront distortion requirements of filters are dependent on where and how they are used. If filters are only used in sensing applications with very tolerant detector geometries, there may be no need, in practice, to put any constraints on the surface figure or wavefront distortion. This white paper helps the reader understand where, when, how, and how much to specify wavefront distortion to ensure that functional requirements of filters are guaranteed while unnecessary and costly constraints are avoided.

  • Making Waves: Nanosecond Pulsed Drivers For Flash LiDAR

    Rather than radio waves, most LiDAR systems use infrared lasers, particularly diode lasers. The limiting factor on a diode laser’s pulse features is not the laser itself — it is the electrical driver that supplies the electrons to the laser diode. This paper discusses challenges involved in optimizing nanosecond electrical driver performance in a flash LiDAR system.

  • The HOT Infrared Imaging Market is Heating Up

    New infrared camera cores with high operating temperatures allow the construction of imaging systems that are smaller, lighter, and less power-hungry. That’s opening up new uses, from airborne to hand-carried applications.

  • How To Build A Deep Learning Classification System For Less Than $1000 USD

    Deep learning is set to alter the machine vision landscape, enabling new applications and disrupting established markets. It’s never been easier to get started, but where do you begin? This article provides an easy-to-follow guide to building a deep learning inference system for less than $1000.

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  • Pattern Generators For 3D Stereo Image Processing

    LASER COMPONENTS USA, a specialized provider of laser and optoelectronic components in the US and Canada, is proud to present the FLEXPOINT MVstereo laser module generating truly random patterns with 31,806 or 47,708 dots. These patterns are generated completely randomly; even in partial patterns, repetitions do not occur. The range of pseudo random patterns has also been expanded: Versions with 40,100 and 29,594 dots are now also available. Due to the different number of dots and the different fan angles of the patterns, the customer can choose the optimal optics for his application. Both versions are available with red (660 nm) or NIR (830 nm) lasers, and both are eye safe (laser class 1 and 1M).

  • Just Like Flipping A Switch – In Only Half A Picosecond

    Solar cells, quantum computing and photodynamic cancer therapy. These all involve molecules switching between magnetic and nonmagnetic forms. Previously this process, called a “spin flip,” was thought to occur slowly in most cases.

  • Physics / Understanding Insulators With Conducting Edges

    Insulators that are conducting at their edges hold promise for interesting technological applications. However, until now their characteristics have not been fully understood. Physicists at Goethe University have now modelled what are known as topological insulators with the help of ultracold quantum gases.

  • Opto Diode Introduces The Second In A Series Of Narrow-Spectral-Output Ultraviolet LEDs

    The company will premiere the second product in the family of narrow-spectral-output UVLED devices at Photonics West, Feb. 5 - 7, 2019, in Opto Diode’s booth #4539, Moscone Center, San Francisco.

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